Per a report from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Devin Mesoraco has finally opted to undergo surgery to fix his left hip impingement.
MLB.com’s Robert Bondy added that Mesoraco’s recovery time would be four to six months, meaning that he should be ready for spring training in 2016.
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Mesoraco was shut down last weekend after attempting to make a comeback as a left fielder. I wrote last week that I agreed with moving Mesoraco to left field, but only if there was no risk of him injuring the hip any further and if it didn’t affect his ability to be ready for next season with surgery inevitable. Doctors cleared him to play, but obviously, things didn’t work out so well.
The 27-year-old didn’t suffer further injury to his hip, but Triple-A Louisville manager Delino DeShields said Mesoraco never looked healthy on his rehab assignment, which made me question why on earth the Reds sent him on a rehab assignment if it was so obvious he was in pain. It’s one thing if he can run and hit without pain like the Reds claimed, but if it was clear to DeShields that Mesoraco wasn’t at all healthy after only three games, you can’t help but wonder why the team’s $28-million all-star catcher was sent to Louisville in the first place instead of settling on surgery earlier.
Regardless of how the situation was handled, the good news is that Mesoraco is finally going to undergo the surgery and should be able to catch again next year.
He finishes the 2015 season by slashing .178/.275/.244 with a double, a triple, and two runs batted in 51 plate appearances.